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Vaccines, healthcare and support for students

15 September 2021

How to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and flu, access healthcare, and find support at UCL

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Getting vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccines

The most important thing you can do to protect yourself and others around you is to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as you are eligible. Earlier this year we asked some of UCL’s public health experts to explain how the COVID-19 vaccines work and how we know they’re safe. Watch the videos on UCL News.

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, there are several ways to get your first or second dose as soon as possible.

You can drop into a vaccination centre or a pop-up clinic run by the NHS - there are many centres across London, including one on campus at Bidborough House.

Or, you can register with a GP to get your vaccine at your local surgery or through the NHS vaccination service.

Flu vaccines

UCL students currently in the UK can get a free flu vaccination, provided by Boots. Now more than ever, flu vaccines are vitally important, so we strongly encourage you to get yours done.

If you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill, and if you’re at higher risk from coronavirus you're also more at risk of problems from flu.

Getting vaccinated against flu is a great way to help protect yourself and others, and to help reduce pressure on NHS and social care staff.

Registering with a GP

Registering with a GP gives you full access to the UK National Health Service or NHS, including doctor’s appointments, prescriptions, hospital treatments, and even vaccinations for other illnesses, such as mumps, meningitis and the flu. 

You can find out more about healthcare and how to register with a GP on UCL’s Healthcare pages.

Student support and wellbeing

Finally, please remember, if you’d ever like to speak to someone, even if it’s just to chat, our disability, mental health and wellbeing staff are on hand to look after all our students. 

All of our support services are free of charge and open to all UCL students of all levels.

Our teams can tell you about the support available to you, including where you can get medical advice and where to find more information about vaccines. 

Find out more about our services and how we can support you on the Student Support and Wellbeing website.